Education: The Brothers

By candlelight, the brothers gathered in the Kappa Sigma fraternity house at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. With swelling pride, they chanted occult jargon and Tom Sawyerish vows. With stern mien, one night last week they launched an ancient rite: the not-so-gentle art of hazing new members before accepting them into the fraternity with its friendships and parties.

Eleven pledges appeared. All endured such muscle-straining exercises as strenuous pushups. Then came a sickening test.

One by one, the pledges were marched to a buffet table. On a tray lay thick slices of oil-soaked raw liver, each about the size of...

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